There is something incredibly magical about going to a Disney park and getting to talk with Mickey, play with him, and have a special moment with him or his friends. For over two years, guests haven’t been able to meet with Mickey Mouse and the gang when visiting Disneyland or Walt Disney World Resorts. Instead, socially distanced meet and greets have been utilized throughout the parks. This is about to change. Disney has released details about the return of traditional character meet and greets to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, Disney Cruise Line and at Aulani Resort in Hawaii. Guests will again be able to meet with Mickey and friends, chat, play, get autographs, and of course photos once again. This morning it was announced that traditional meet and greets would be returning as early as April 18, 2022. This day will begin the phased return of meet and greet locations and experiences throughout the Disney parks and resorts in the United States.
When the parks reopened Disney was incredibly creative with where characters were placed and how guests could meet them. They could be found on staircases, platforms, stages, and other places where natural barriers could enable guests to wave at characters. They could also take pictures and selfies with them. DAPS MAGIC covered the entire re-opening day of Disneyland. It is quite the difference between how things were then versus where things are now.
The return of character meet and greets will undoubtedly be met with mixed emotions and reactions. Disneyland Paris recently returned to a traditional meet and greet model. At Disneyland, Tinker Bell also returned to her home at Pixie Hollow. The area had been modified for a different meet and greet experience with a comb between Tinker Bell and guests.
DAPS MAGIC will continue to follow this story and provide updates and videos when meet and greets return to Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts.
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